Strange wooden creatures with squared heads — some with mouths, some without — watch me from the periphery of an area that is both wild and carefully manicured. Sounds issue from the sentinel boxes: odd tunes that might be a blend of ambient noise, and garbled speech combined with the early synth-pop ruminations of Thomas Dolby. Or they might be sounds that issue from a young Baba Yaga’s sternum.
In this enchanted forest there are metallic-glazed ceramic cairns vertically stacked so they too look like guardians of this liminal realm. The music that wafts through the space also comes from the wooden speakers on which they rest. I confront a version of myself in a mirror piece that is imprinted with multifarious branches like the respiratory tracks of a human lung. There is painting too, such as “Mosaic Diptych” (2018), which has shadowy branches in the background, with jagged, raucously colored strips layered on top. I wandered into this fey place because of the simultaneously futuristic, yet primeval objects, but the music furtive and mesmerizing made me stay.
The occasion for putting these objects together is the show J Ivcevich: Trail of Mystics, described by Garvey/Simon gallery as “an immersive, multimedia exhibition showcasing the artist’s most recent paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and sound design.” However, such a description is frequently attached to work that ends up looking like the dog’s dinner. But here the work realized by J. Ivcevich is constructed with a sense of wonder, curiosity, and a sense that losing one’s way in the forest coming back from grandma’s house makes for the most compelling tales.
Lebanese art dealer Georges Lotfi, who once helped authorities seize looted antiquities, is now accused of doing his own share of trafficking too.
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The Newark Museum of Art Presents Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs from the Bank of America Collection
Photographers Antony Armstrong Jones, Milt Hinton, Chuck Stewart, Barbara Morgan, and more capture a breadth of legendary and local musicians and performance artists. On view through August 21.
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Playing at several film festivals this late summer, Ana Vaz’s It Is Night in America asks the viewer to take on unusual perspectives.
Art and photographs, publications from the 19th and 20th centuries, manuscripts, posters and more are set to cross the auction block on August 18.
The sealant used for gem-crusted ancient Maya teeth had medicinal properties that prevent tooth infections and decay, according to a new study.
Patrons can listen to a collection of 400 titles at the library and borrow them for up to three weeks.
The Los Angeles-based photographer offers an updated version of the mythologized American cowboy, calling rodeos “the traditional drag of America.”
At its core Line Berg’s Fra Far manifests the anguish of a family whose loved one is convicted of a serious crime.
At first, simply watching people read In Search of Lost Time might seem dull; by the end, you’ll be itching to read or reread it yourself.